Dog Profiles - Description of Airedale Terrier

Airedale Terrier

Description: The Airedale Terrier is known as the king of terriers. He excels in agility, eyesight, hearing and has untiring courage. He has a sweet disposition, but may be aloof with strangers. He has excelled in being a hunter for foxes, badgers, weasels, otters, water rats and ducks. The Airedale Terrier makes a good jogging partner because of his athletic physique. His owner should be strong and confident who can combines firm discipline with patience and precision.

Height: 23 inches

Weight: 44-50 lbs.

Colors: Body-saddle, top of neck and top surface of tail, black or grizzle, all other parts tan.

Coat: Hard, dense and wiry with a soft undercoat.

Temperament: Intelligent, responsive, loyal. Good with children if the children are mature enough. Good with other pets. Good watch-dog. Good guard-dog.

Care and Exercise: Brush with a stiff bristle brush to remove dead hair three times a week. Minimal trimming. Bathe only when necessary. Should be hand-stripped twice a year. Needs daily exercise.

Training: Responsive to training and the easiest to train of all terriers. Learning Rate: High.

Activity: High

Living Environment: House with a fenced yard. daily exercise and attention.

Health Issues: May suffer from eye problems, hip dysplasia and skin infections.

Life Span: 12-14

Litter Size: 5-12

Country of Origin: Great Britain

History: He was originally known as the Waterside Terrier and sometimes the Bingley Terrier. Named after the Valley of Aire in Yorkshire, England he was derived from crossing the old English black and tan terrier with the Otterhound. Used in the 19th century for big game hunting, vermin killing and police and military work.

Registration: ACA, AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 3), KC,(GB), UKC